HealthDay News — Young adults report ever use of Juul more often than smoking cigarettes and using non-pod-based electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), according to a study published online March 16 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Karma McKelvey, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Ph.D., from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and colleagues describe young adult use and perceptions of pod-based e-cigarettes versus non-pod-based e-cigarettes using data from 445 participants (mean age, 20.1 years) who completed an online survey.

The researchers found that >25 percent of participants reported ever use of Juul, while <25 percent reported smoking cigarettes and using non-pod-based e-cigarettes. Use in the past 30 days was reported by <33 percent of cigarette smokers and non-pod-based e-cigarette users compared with >50 percent of Juul ever users. Fifty-eight percent reported using pods because they are easy to hide. About half of pod users did not know whether they mixed brands of e-juice and pods, the nicotine concentration in e-juice cartridges, or how quickly they finished a cartridge. Half of the participants shared their pods, including 15, 13, 11, and 11 percent who sometimes, always, about half the time, or often shared their pods, respectively.

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“Teens are not using these pod-based products more than other e-cigarettes because of health or the flavors offered,” Halpern-Felsher said in a statement. “They tell us, ‘It’s because we can hide these, and the smell produced is less obvious.’ This ability to ‘stealth use’ is concerning.”


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